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Review #2: ‘Caroline, Or Change’ at Round House Theatre

Caroline, or Change, now playing at Bethesda’s Round House Theatre, is a musical clarion call for change at all levels. Whether it is personal change and transformation at the most personal level, larger historical change (this very intense musical is set against the assassination of President Kennedy and the rising Civil Rights movement) or the […]

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Review #1: ‘Caroline, Or Change’ at Round House Theatre

Round House Theatre continues to shine a spotlight on the works of Tony Kushner (Angels in America) as it explores life’s complexity through its seeming simplicity in Kushner’s autobiographical Caroline, Or Change. Childhood memories have a way of evoking and magnifying just about every human emotion. Kushner’s memories of growing up in a middle-class Jewish […]

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Review: ‘The Great Society’ at Asolo Rep Theatre

All The Way by Robert Schenkkan dealt with Lyndon Johnson’s efforts to influence the 88th U.S. congress to vote in the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It first appeared in 2012 at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and reached Broadway in 2014. There it won awards as Outstanding Play as well as a Tony for Brian […]

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Review: The Choral Arts Society of Washington Presents ‘Berlioz: Requiem, Op. 5’ at The Kennedy Center’s Concert Hall

It was a chilly night, fitting for a change of pace, when the Choral Arts Society of Washington performed Hector Berlioz: Requiem, Op. 5 Grande Messe des Morts to a buoyant crowd at The Kennedy Center Concert Hall. First, the company opened to Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Wir setzen uns mit Tranen nieder,” which was a […]

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Review: ‘Assassins’ at Princeton Summer Theater

Assassins is about people who lived out their dream – but it’s not the dream we ordinarily think of as “The American Dream.” This audacious musical by Stephen Sondheim (music and lyrics) and John Weidman (book) examines the lives of that small group of people who have killed – or attempted to kill – the […]

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Reviews: ‘All the Way’ and ‘Ah, Wilderness!’ at the Asolo Repertory Theatre in Sarasota, Florida

As a way of plugging in to the national conversation addressing issues of change in the United  States, this highly regarded regional not-for-profit theatre has put several plays in to its current season. Beginning with the Pulitzer Prize-winning Robert Schenkkan political drama All The Way, which deals with racially charged issues confronted by President Lyndon […]

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‘Caroline, or Change’ at Stillpointe Theatre Initiative

For a change, catch this show before it gets away DO run to catch Caroline, or Change at Stillpointe Theatre Initiative. It’s a must-see show, it is worth several times the ticket price. When most folks are busy warming themselves with E-Z traditional holiday-season shows like A Christmas Carol or The Nutcracker, it may take some […]

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‘Hedda Gabler’ at Quotidian Theatre Company

Hedda, Hedda, I hardly know you. The emotionally ambiguous, deeply layered and mysterious Hedda Gabler whom one could argue is a victim as much as anti-heroine, is more narrowly defined in the new Michael Avolio adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler. Leaving a striking impression, Avolio serving also as the Director, transports the action of […]

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The Recipients of the 2014 Kennedy Center Honors Are Announced

AL GREEN, TOM HANKS, PATRICIA MCBRIDE, STING, AND LILY TOMLIN TO RECEIVE 37TH ANNUAL KENNEDY CENTER HONORS America to Celebrate the Careers of Five Extraordinary Artists Sunday, December 7, 2014 Gala will be broadcast on CBS on December 30, 2014 at 9:00-11:00 p.m., ET/PT The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts today announced the selection […]

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater ‘Program A’ at The Kennedy Center by Carolyn Kelemen

Alvin Ailey American Dance Celebrates Rich Heritage at the Kennedy Center Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater “came home” to the Kennedy Center last night, dancing a program of familiar works, a true celebration of the company’s rich heritage. True, Ailey’s troupe is based in New York City – the recent City Center engagement broke all […]

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‘Legacy and Life: A Musical and Visual Reflection’ at The Choral Arts Society of Washington at The Kennedy Center by Leslie Weisman

A sizable crowd at Legacy and Life: A Musical and Visual Reflection greeted the Choral Arts Society of Washington’s performance of the Requiem by Giuseppe Verdi and Take Him, Earth by composer Steven Stuckey: about 2,000 of the Concert Hall’s 2,400-some seats were occupied, with even the top-tier level offering visual evidence of audience presence at various points […]

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Film Review: ‘Plimpton’ by John Harding

George Plimpton was called a pioneer of “new journalism” by no less a literary master of the art than Tom Wolfe. Throughout the second half of the 20th century, Plimpton traveled in celebrated circles like someone’s tag-along kid brother, taking notes, gamely joining in, and leaving behind a delightful paper trail on his encounters with […]

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‘Reaching the NextStop’ Part 2: NextStop Theatre Company’s First Season Season Schedule by Evan Hoffmann

I am pleased to announce the first professional season for NextStop Theatre Company. We have developed an exciting season that is focused on the idea of re-imagining ‘possible’ – Unorthodox approaches to classic stories and ambitious challenges to the limitations of our intimate style of storytelling. This season will test every preconceived notion about who we […]

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NYC Theater Review: ‘Gore Vidal’s The Best Man’ by Bari Biern

On March 31, 1960, Gore Vidal’s political drama, The Best Man, premiered on Broadway. The play was set in two posh hotel suites at a national political convention, as one presidential candidate was poised to release potentially harmful information about his opponent’s health.  Just a few months later, life imitated art at the Democratic National […]

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